Yacht remains spark environmental worry

MEMBERS of the public in Savusavu are worried about the remains of a burnt yacht which is now beached on the town’s foreshore.

According to Nakama resident Peter May, the derelict yacht would be left high and dry during low tides becoming an eyesore to people passing the area. Mr May said people in Savusavu were concerned about its effect on the environment.

“The Savusavu Town Council has beautifully landscaped the Savusavu foreshore and they have even put up neat footpaths in the area without addressing the biggest issue that is clearly visible to any passer-by in town, which is the derelict vessel,” he said.

“The town proudly hosted the World Environment Day in the same foreshore but they forgot about the yacht which should be affecting the waters in the area.

“We do not even know whether there are chemicals in the yacht that may be leaking out into the waters and the adverse effects of these chemicals on the marine ecosystem.”

Another resident Komal Narayan said the yacht had remained at the Savusavu foreshore after it was destroyed by a fire some years ago.

“It is sad that such a beautiful place as the Savusavu foreshore should bear a dark piece of history like the derelict yacht which caught fire and wherein two lives were taken away,” Ms Narayan said.

Meanwhile, when approached for a comment yesterday, Labasa Savusavu administrator Vijay Chand referred all comments to the Environment Department.

When contacted for a comment yesterday, Environment Department’s director Aminiasi Qareqare said he could not comment on the issue because he was attending a meeting.

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